Washington, DC–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–July 15, 2002–The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights organization in the U.S., will hold its 2002 Annual Conference July 20-24 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, Florida. House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt, Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT), California Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante, Mayors Manny Diaz and Alex Penelas, former mayoral candidates Fernando Ferrer and Antonio Villaraigosa, and acclaimed writer Sandra Cisneros are among those who will speak at this year’s event. The NCLR Annual Conference, considered to be the premier Hispanic event of the year, attracts over 15,000 participants, bringing together some of the nation’s foremost business and community leaders, government officials, and entertainers.
“We are delighted to be returning to Miami, site of NCLR’s 1994 Annual Conference. Miami is not only one of the premier cities for Hispanics in the United States but is also one of its most diverse — it is literally a microcosm of the nation’s Latino population. Moreover, Miami represents one of the true political and economic success stories for the Hispanic community nationwide,” noted Raul Yzaguirre, NCLR President.
This year’s theme, Making Our Nation Stronger: Latinos United for a Greater America, reflects the commitment that Latinos share with other Americans to promote the basic principles of this country and help to make it stronger. The continued growth of the Latino community has helped to highlight the issues and values that matter to all Americans: improved education, employment prospects, homeownership, quality health care, freedom, and fairness. Several Conference sessions will focus on these priorities, as well as on the increasingly important Latino vote and the issues and characteristics that both unite and distinguish Latino voters from other voters.
Conference workshops provide attendees the opportunity to receive the latest information on the key issues facing the growing Latino community, including Latino demographics, immigration, education, civil rights, welfare reform, women’s issues, criminal justice, economic and community development, health care, and leadership development.
This year’s Conference will also feature Latino Expo USA, already the largest Latino exhibition in the country. This year’s Expo will have over 200 exhibits from leading Fortune 500 companies, Hispanic-owned businesses, nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, and government agencies. The Expo also marks the return of the Homeownership Fair, which assists interested persons with information and advice on every step of the home-buying process. Also returning is the Diversity Job Fair where recruiters from Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations from across the country will meet and interview talented candidates. Finally, LatinoFaire, a two-day autograph session with favorite Latino entertainers, actors, and athletes will be open to the public on Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21.
The line-up of special events showcases the finest in Hispanic entertainment, including Grupo Niche, The Mora-Arriagas, Carlos Oliva Y Los Sobrinos Del Juez, Michael Salgado, and a special appearance by Morris Day & The Time. The workshops, Latino Expo USA, and Latino Faire are free of charge and open to the public. For all other events, there is a registration fee. For registration and all other information, please visit http://www.nclr.org.